Kamaru Usman demands tougher challenge

Posted on Jan 16 2018 - 7:40am by admin

Idris Adesina

Nigeria-born American mixed martial artist Kamaru Usman has said he wants to fight number 3 ranked Colby Covington after his sixth straight win in the UFC.

Usman, who is nicknamed the Nigerian Nightmare, on Sunday defeated Norwegian Emil Meek by unanimous decision to continue his unbeaten run in the UFC welterweight division.

Prior to the fight, the  29-year-old, who was born in Auchi, Edo State,  had won five straight fights in the Octagon and remains undefeated since 2013, while Meek had won only his UFC debut against Jordan Mein.

In a post-fight interview, Usman boasted  that he fought Meek at 30 per cent health and dominated the Norwegian.

 “Listen, I fought this fight sitting at about 30 per cent. Everybody knows what I’m capable of. I was 30 per cent right there and I still dominated a tough so-called Viking,” Usman was quoted as saying by MMAjunkie.

“I came in with a lot of different things. There’s just a lot of things that happened throughout the span – the fight being moved, fight being cancelled, fight being back on – not knowing if you’re going to fight, or you’re even going to fight. There were a lot of different things and I was sick for a long time.

“A lot of people don’t know, but (Covington and I) were supposed to be the main event for this card, which is why it took so long for (the UFC) to get a main event scheduled. But, once again, he declined the fight, so here we are. You can run, but you can’t hide forever.”

Covington has won eight UFC fights and lost only once.

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